Days after son announces bid, Daisy Lynum drops out of race for re-election

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Channel 9 learned Monday Orlando city commissioner Daisy Lynum will not run for her seat in the 2014 election. The news comes just days after Lynum's son, Juan Lynum, said he would be running for her District 5 seat.

"I am retiring and I am endorsing my son to run," Lynum said.

She made the announcement at Monday's Orlando City Council meeting. WFTV political analyst Rick Foglesong said the move to make way for her son is dirty politics.

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"It's not dirty politics played against an opponent, I think it's dirty politics played against the district," Foglesong said.

Daisy Lynum has held the District 5 seat representing Parramore for more than a decade. This time around, however, her son is hoping to take over the reins, but he'll be challenged by two residents: Cynthia Harris and Regina Hill.

Harris and Hill said they weren't surprised by her announcement or the fact that her son is joining the race.

"Right now, I feel there is no transparency, and there is no one speaking for them," said Hill.

"What I would do is be more accountable to the constituents of District 5," said Harris. "We have not had that in a long time."

Channel 9 reached out to both Juan and Daisy Lynum but they have not responded.